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Earning Money With BidVertiser

I’m always on the lookout for ways to earn money (I know, the word for it is “monetize” but I’d rather just say earn money when that’s what I’m talking about).  I’ve heard about BidVertiser before and now I’m going to be looking at it more closely because of their referral program.

The way it works is simple, you sign up for the referral program (That’s free by the way).  Then you choose whether you want to be referring publishers or advertisers or both (I’d say “both” makes the most sense because it’s got the hghest potential).  Then you pick a button image or text link you want to use and add the referral code to your blog or web site.

Then when somebody signs up with BidVertiser as an advertiser you get $5 credited to your account when they spend their first $10.  When they spend $50 you get another $20 credit.  If they sign up as a publisher you get $10 credited to your account when they earn $10 and another $40 when they earn $50.

In the meantime, Here’s a Press Release about it:

Press Release:

BidVertiser is used by tens of thousands of bloggers to make money from their blogs by showing the BidVertiser ppc ads. Anyone can join BidVertiser either as a publisher or an advertiser, but we would like to share a new opportunity that not everyone is aware of:

BidVertiser now opens the the opportunity for bloggers to join as a referral, and as a unique benefit – a $20 coupon of free clicks is included with every referral account! This coupon can be shared and passed on to anyone – by placing a referral button on the blog, by adding the coupon link to a newsletter or even to an RSS feed

Once you signup as a referral, you get your unique referral link which will give $20 in free clicks to anyone that clicks it, adding great value to your blog as well as being a great benefit to your readers. Referral earnings are tracked online in the referral control panel and payments are made monthly, via PayPal or check, with a minimum of only $10.

If you choose to also activate your publisher account, you will also be able to get access to a new set of referral links that will both give your readers $20 in free clicks and will enable them to advertise directly on your blog via BidVertiser, increasing your earnings even more!

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BlogSnobbery: A Blogging No-No

There’s a trend that’s been going around for quite a while now and while I’ve managed to go for several days (sometimes even weeks) without seeing a really glaring example of it.  Then today I read a post on ‘Read/Write Web’ about one company becoming another (they changed the name you see.)

It starts out reasonably enough talking about a change coming at a blog advertising company changing it’s name.  In the very first sentence however call it a “very controversial service” and maybe I’m just too practical for my own good, but I don’t see blog advertising services as being all that controversial at all.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the ONLY reason there is any controversy at all is that some bloggers have decided that everybody in the blogging world should follow their own personal standards.

I have to agree with Whats An A-List Blogger?.  I don’t like the idea at all that these holier than thou personalities come out of the woodworks and say that because I might accept payment for a post about some advertiser’s product or service this makes my blog somehow “impure”?  That’s total and complete garbage.  My blog is my blog an I have no problem accepting payment to link to something like Jaeger Le Coultre watch or to either review or simply discuss somebody’s service or product.

I am still the one doing the writing.  *I* decide what is said on this blog.  If get paid to provide a link or talk about something then that doesn’t make me anybody’s shill because I’m still writing MY opinions and thoughts.

As for what Read/Write Web said about disclosure, I have a site-wide disclosure that covers my policies blog-wide.  I choose not to disclose on an individual post basis unless the advertiser specifically wants it (and that’s bloody rare!) because, just like too many Adsense blocks or banner ads, it detracts from the main point of this blog which is whatever I choose to write about.

The End of Internet Freedom in Italy

Here’s something that everybody interested in freedom of speech should be certain to read and follow up on… a blog entry describing a proposed Italian law that would severely curtail the ability of Italian citizens to create and publish blogs.

This gem is carefully crafted to eliminate most open expression on the internet by people in Italy:

the Levi-Prodi law obliges anyone who has a website or a blog to get a publishing company and to have a journalist who is on the register of professionals as the responsible director.

Obviously, this would make 99.9% of blogs and websites in Italy illegal overnight.

People need to make some noise about this and Italians need to make more noise than anyone because it’s their rights headed down the toilet.  In the mean time it wouldn’t hurt for more websites and blogs to display this:

Join the Blue Ribbon Online Free Speech Campaign
Join the Blue Ribbon Online Free Speech Campaign!

If you would like to add this to your site or blog, just paste this code into your index.html or your blog’s template:

<a href=""><img src="" alt="Join the Blue Ribbon Online Free Speech Campaign" align="middle" height="76" width="112"/><br />Join the Blue Ribbon Online Free Speech Campaign!</a>

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Time For A Bit of a Rant

On her blog “Off The Cuff“, My wife recently posted an entry entitled: More On The No Child Left Behind Act-What’s Your Opinion? in which she expressed serious concern over the fact that “No Child Left Behind”, while a good idea in theory, is in actual fact simply not working.  In spite of it’s name and lofty sounding goals children are in fact being left behind.

The simple fact is that in large part due to the testing this act requires and because federal funding that states need is tied to those results schools end up having to teach students how to pass the test rather than concentrate on making sure they understand the material.  This ends up with schools doing well on tests (Here in Arkansas they’re called Benchmark tests) yet in spite of this ( and I believe in large part because of NCLB and the testing and politics that goes with it.), more and more students end up graduating high school with minimal reading and comprehension skills and when questioned at random end up sounding like complete morons.

My problem comes in when this little zit called “Brian” leaves the following comment:

You obviously don’t know anything.

Not only was that not necessary, but it’s wrong.  The statements made in that posting were dead-on accurate.  Your attempt to call somebody a liar isn’t going to change the facts one bit.

The comment continues with a quote from the post:

“In our school system, teens go to high school to watch movies and play on computers. They have little homework. There is little to learn because the teachers are being paid little to nothing and they do not care as much as they used to. The curriculum is set up so that the state tests take some of the class time. For instance, math is being taught in social studies classes. Not math per se but how to take the math portion of the tests. And this is apparently all right with local officials.”

Umm, that was a lie. You criticize as if everyone is lazy. No, it is the attitude of the student that chooses the education. Thats the key to it all. If you don’t understand that then obviously your a foreign blogger who just likes to criticize the US because you have nothing to do. I found this post very rude and evidence of your ignorance.

There you go again calling my wife a liar.  I absolutely guarantee you THAT is perhaps one of the single biggest mistakes in your entire life.  All you’re accomplishing is to show your own ignorance.  The attitude of the student does play a large part, but when teachers are hamstrung by NCLB requirements and the need to teach students how to pass benchmark tests rather than simply teaching their subjects how can it be a surprise that more and more graduate from high school with less actual education than a sixth grader would have had thirty years ago?

Add to that the fact that teachers in the public school system are simply NOT paid anywhere near what they should be and you have a good understanding why teachers are composed of two groups:

A.) Those who thought they could make a difference and are now burned out and disillusioned that all they’re interested in now is getting through the day and collecting their pay.

B.) Those who teach because they have a genuine love of teaching and struggle against a failing system that doesn’t care about anything but money and numbers to satisfy federal requirements.

To those who have been patient enough to read this far I ask that you read the blog entry I’m talking about: “More On The No Child Left Behind Act-What’s Your Opinion?” and take a second to Digg it so that this topic gets the attention that it deserves.

To “Brian”, All I have left to say is “Watch who you’re calling a liar.  There are people in this world who have suffered massively for carelessly calling someone a liar.”

(Am I having an attitude problem?  You can bet your pointed head I am.)

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Turkey Vegetable Soup

This recipe was created when my wife and I started “tweaking” one that we found someplace.  The end result is sort of related to what it started out as but a lot better.  In our house it’s considered probably about a 9 on a scale of one to ten.

It’s made in a slow cooker but it wouldn’t be much trouble to adapt it to making on the stove top.  Oh yeah, we use a 7 quart slow cooker so you might need to adjust the amounts if yours is smaller.

You need:

1 can vegetable juice (V8 or equivalent)
4 cans Veg All
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
2 to 4 cloves garlic minced fine (vary according to taste preference)
2 medium onions, diced
2 cups diced green bell pepper
2 pounds ground turkey
2 cups chopped celery (four or five stalks depending on how big the bunches you can get are)

Brown the ground turkey in a skillet along with the diced onions and bell peppers.  Once the turkey is done and the onions are starting to become transparent transfer this to the slow cooker and add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.

Cook on “high” setting for about an hour and then turn to “low” and continue for another 4 to 5 hours.  This makes enough for us to have it for two meals and is often better the next day after reheating.

If you like this then be sure to keep an eye out for the startup of a new blog project called The Tinfoil Chef.  I’m hoping to get it started soon and when it does it’s going to have lots more like this along with all sorts of things related to cooking and the kitchen in general.

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